Highly regarded in early music circles, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative and expertly informed interpretations of baroque music.  The Montreal-based ensemble has received national and international acclaim for its performances under the artistic direction of recorder and baroque flute virtuosi Matthias Maute and Sophie Lariviere.  Ensemble Caprice makes its Music in the Park Series debut with ‘Salsa Baroque”, a program of 17th and 18th century musical gems from Latin America and Spain,  performed on flutes and recorders, baroque guitar, violoncello and various percussion instruments.

Ensemble Caprice

Matthias Maute & Sophie Lariviere, recorders, flutes
David Jacques, baroque guitar
Susie Napper, baroque cello
Ziya Tabassian, percussion

ensemblecaprice_Headshot2010The ensemble gives concerts in Europe and is regularly invited to participate in such early music festivals as those in Bruges in Belgium, Utrecht in the Netherlands, and in Germany at the Regensburg Early Music Festival, the Händel Festival in Halle and the Recorder Festival in Stockstadt. On this continent Caprice has given concerts in the USA in New York City at the Frick Collection and the Miller Theatre, and also at the Boston Early Music Festival, at the Library of Congress in Washington and at the Montreal Baroque Festival. They have also toured in Israel and Taiwan.

In November 2009 the New York Times featured them in a lengthy article, praising them as “imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is top-flight.”

In Canada, Ensemble Caprice is invited to perform at musical events such as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival and the Domaine Forget’s International Festival.

Ensemble Caprice’s CD, Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels, on the Analekta label, won Canada’s prestigious 2009 JUNO award.  The ensemble’s CD Telemann and the Gypsies is recommended by Gramophone.  Also the ensemble’s CD Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies (Analekta) was nominated for a 2009 Echo Klassik award in Germany in two categories: Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year and Classics Without Borders. 2011 will see the return to disk of Vivaldi’s Angels in a brand new recording on the Analekta label.



Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ

Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.

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Salsa Baroque

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the musical dialogue between the Old and the New Worlds produced extraordinary results. This fascinating blend of European polyphony and Latin American traditional music created a unique style that is exemplified by the villancicos of the Bolivian composer Juan de Araujou and the colourful guarachas of his contemporaries. Also included in the program are sonatas by Locatelli and Falconieri, two European composers who were influenced by this Latin American style. Gems from this spectacular musical era will be performed on instruments that were common at the time: flutes and recorders, baroque guitar, violoncello and various percussion instruments.

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The playing of the musicians was expressive, the dynamics pliable as putty, the plasticity of their phrasing warm and extravagant, and their virtuosity brilliant.

The Chronicle Herald

The ensemble has established itself as an immensely thoughtful and progressive force on the musical scene.

The New York Times

The group's arrangements are imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is top flight.

The New York Times